Philthy Rich is a man of longevity. He’s been putting in some serious work since 2007, releasing over more than 50 albums. That’s more than most rappers get in their entire careers. Through his hard work and dedication to the streets, he has reached OG status. If you rap and come to the Bay Area, he’s who you check into. He’s recently collaborated with the likes of Iamsu! And Kash Doll and looks to continue his successful path.
Philthy Rich was born on January 30, 1984 in Oakland, California. He grew up in a Bay Area slum named Seminary and frequently got into trouble. After being kicked out by his mother when he was in third grade, Rich lived with teachers, in homeless shelters, and occasionally jail cells. He wouldn’t get exposed to the rap game until the year 2006 when he told a member of his neighborhood that he really wanted to record music. The guy, in turn, reached out to Keak Da Sneak who informed Philthy that he’d have to give up the street life if he wanted to really pursue it. He started by giving 50 CDs to record stores to sell and eventually ended up giving them well over 1,000. In 2007, he embarked on a tour called “Stan Bizzness BG’s” with Mistah F.A.B., J. Stalin, Shady Nate, Beeda Weeda, Ray Ryda, Eddi Projex & Lil Al tha Gamer. The tour would end up being canceled due to Rich being arrested, but his burgeoning stardom had already begun to grow. He began releasing plenty of albums over the next couple of years, showing his dedication to the craft. In 2013, he signed a record deal with RBC Records & eOne Music. Since then, he’s continued to grow and work hard as he takes over the rap game.
Things You May Not Know About Philthy Rich:
- In 2012, he was shot three times and drove himself to the hospital. He left the next day.
- He owns a French Bulldog named Pablo.
- He watches Love and Hip-Hop.
- He wasn’t a fan of the XXL 2017 Freshman Class cypher.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: